character[kar′ək tər, kar′ik-]
- The definition of a character is a unique symbol, letter or mark used in writing.
- An example of character is an asterisk.
- An example of character is the at symbol.
- Character is defined as a trait, quality or high moral code.
- An example of character is someone who is known for being funny.
- An example of character is a person who is trustworthy.
This symbol is an example of a character.
- a distinctive mark
- any letter, figure, or symbol used in writing and printing
- the letters of an alphabet, collectively
- style of printing or handwriting
- a mystic symbol or magical emblem
- a code or cipher
- a distinctive trait, quality, or attribute; characteristic
- essential quality; nature; kind or sort
- the pattern of behavior or personality found in an individual or group; moral constitution
- moral strength; self-discipline, fortitude, etc.
- good reputation: left without a shred of character
- a statement about the behavior, qualities, etc. of a person, esp. as given by a former employer; reference
- status; position
- a personage: great characters in history
- a person in a play, story, novel, etc.
- a role as portrayed by an actor or actress
- Informal an odd, eccentric, or noteworthy person
- Genetics any attribute, as color, shape, etc., caused in an individual by the action of one or more genes
Origin of characterMiddle English carecter ; from Old French caractère ; from Classical Latin character, an engraving instrument ; from Classical Greek charaktēr ; from charassein, to engrave ; from charax, pointed stake
- to write, print, or inscribe
- to characterize
- Archaic to represent; portray
in (or out of) character
- a. The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group. See Synonyms at disposition.b. The distinguishing nature of something. See Synonyms at quality.
- a. Moral strength; integrity: an educational program designed to develop character.b. Public estimation of someone; reputation: personal attacks that damaged her character.
- Biology A structure, function, or attribute of an organism, influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors.
- a. A person considered as having a specific quality or attribute: “Being a man of the world and a public character, [he] took everything as a matter of course” (George Eliot).b. A person considered funny or eccentric: catcalls from some character in the back row.
- a. A person portrayed in an artistic piece, such as a drama or novel.b. A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation: a cartoon character.c. Characterization in fiction or drama: a script that is weak in plot but strong in character.d. Status or role; capacity: in his character as the father.
- A description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities.
- A formal written statement as to competency and dependability, given by an employer to a former employee; a recommendation.
- a. A mark or symbol used in a writing system.b. A Chinese character.
- Computers a. One of a set of symbols, such as letters or numbers, that are arranged to express information.b. The numerical code representing such a character.
- Mathematics The trace function of a representation.
- a. A style of printing or writing: “Here is the hand and seal of the Duke; you know the character” (Shakespeare).b. A cipher or code for secret writing.
- Of or relating to one's character.
- a. Specializing in the interpretation of often minor roles that emphasize fixed personality traits or specific physical characteristics: a character actor.b. Of or relating to the interpretation of such roles by an actor: the character part of the hero's devoted mother.
- Dedicated to the portrayal of a person with regard to distinguishing psychological or physical features: a character sketch.
transitive verbcharac·tered, charac·ter·ing, charac·ters Archaic
- To write, print, engrave, or inscribe.
- To portray or describe; characterize.
Origin of characterMiddle English carecter, distinctive mark, imprint on the soul, from Old French caractere, from Latin charactēr, from Greek kharaktēr, from kharassein, to inscribe, from kharax, kharak-, pointed stick.
(countable and uncountable, plural characters)
- A being involved in the action of a story.
- A distinguishing feature; characteristic; a complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.
- A study of the suspect's character and his cast iron alibi ruled him out.
- Strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; moral strength.
- He has a great deal of character.
- "You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."
- A unique or extraordinary individual; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits, especially charisma.
- Julius Caesar is a great historical character.
- That bloke is such a character.
- A written or printed symbol, or letter.
- Style of writing or printing; handwriting; the particular form of letters used by a person or people.
- an inscription in the Runic character
- (computing) One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character.
- (informal) A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions.
- We saw a shady character slinking out of the office with some papers.
- (mathematics) A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.
- Quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty.
- in the miserable character of a slave
- in his character as a magistrate
- (dated) The estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation.
- a man's character for truth and veracity
- Her actions give her a bad character.
- (dated) A reference given to a servant, attesting to his/her behaviour, competence, etc.
A comparison of character and reputation: It would be well if character and reputation were used distinctively. In truth, character is what a person is; reputation is what he is supposed to be. Character is in himself, reputation is in the minds of others. Character is injured by temptations, and by wrongdoing; reputation by slanders, and libels. Character endures throughout defamation in every form, but perishes when there is a voluntary transgression; reputation may last through numerous transgressions, but be destroyed by a single, and even an unfounded, accusation or aspersion.
(third-person singular simple present characters, present participle charactering, simple past and past participle charactered)
character - Computer Definition
A letter (e.g., a,A, b, and B), number (0, 1, 2, or 3), punctuation mark (e.g., ;, :,`, or "), or other symbol (e.g., @, #, $, or %) or control code (e.g., carriage return (CR), line feed (LF), acknowledgement (ACK), or negative acknowledgement (NAK)) that can be represented by a single data byte. See also byte.
A single alphabetic letter, numeric digit, or special symbol such as a decimal point or comma. A character is equivalent to a byte; for example, 50,000 characters take up 50,000 bytes. The word "character" itself takes up nine bytes. See character based.